Dr Edna Smith-Edet is a researcher and musicologist who specialises in African, African American & Afro-Caribbean music. She is also an accomplished jazz bass player.
Born in 1924 to Jamaican and Barbadian parents, Smith-Edet’s family roots certainly influenced where life took her! After gaining a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, she became a researcher at Ghana University, specialising in various musics of African origin. Through her research, she aimed to help people understand and appreciate the rich history and culture of this music.
Perhaps this also influenced her playing, when she was playing bass in the brilliantly named International Sweethearts of Rhythm and Edna Smith Trio. Improvisation and jazz are heavily influenced by the traditions of African music: something that Dr Edna Smith- Edet was no doubt aware of when playing!
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